Turkey reinforces air defence cooperation with France and Italy

On Wednesday 8 November, Turkey signed a letter of intent with France and Italy to enhance mutual cooperation on joint defence projects, including air and missile defence systems.

The potential cooperation would be based on the French-Italian Eurosam consortium's SAMP/T system which was already deployed on Turkish territory. Turkey, France, and Italy plan to, among other things, strengthen the joint production of military electronic systems, software and simulation systems and military equipment. The signing took place in Brussels where Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli attended a meeting with his counterparts from NATO member states. Eurosam finished second in a tender to buy a missile defence system, which the Russian S-400 system won, yet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last month that Ankara is discussing the buy of another air defence system with Italy and France. Although NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has asserted that the acquisition of the Russian system is not against the interests of the Alliance, head of NATO Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) General Tod D. Wolters highlighted the incompatibility of the Russian system with other NATO systems.

About author: Jakub Maděránek


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